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remarkable developments. all along we thought it would be between the obama white house and house speaker john boehner and there was a logic behind that. because getting legislation out of the house is the trickier part of crafting any type of deal. but with the house saying look, we need the senate to do something, the last ditch effort is occurring in the senate right now. i spoke to staffers close to senator mcconnell that said there was optimism on their side yesterday, including from their boss, senator minority leader mitch mcconnell to get a deal. of course, any kind of word in reading from the members themselves will not come until tomorrow, but it's both chris and luke that said in the segment before mine, there is a sense that what might have been optimism yesterday does not exist today. of course, that is what always goes on when you have negotiations. we will see what happens tomorrow. tomorrow will be a very big day. >> the optimism seems to be waning. what does john boehner do if mitch mcconnell and harry reed come to an agreement? >> that is the question if something is don
repeated this white house talking point. >> president obama cutting short his vacation in hawaii, heading back now to washington. that will happen tonight to work on the fiscal cliff deal. >> the looming fiscal cliff is forcing president obama to cut short his christmas vacation. >> president obama is cutting short his christmas vacation. he is leaving hawaii tonight so that he can be back in washington when congress reconvenes tomorrow. >> laura: so we should believe that by leaving his island enclave that the president was making some big sacrifice for the country? i'm thinking washington, crossing the delaware on a bitter christmas night 1776 before going on to defeat the british in two major battles, that's sacrifice. i, for one, never understood how in good conscious any of these politicians would think about leaving town with so much riding on this cliff hanger? shouldn't they get their work done before they leave town for a break? that's what's expected for most working americans but then again washington politicians have rules of their own. people whose salaries that we pay are ca
candidate since ronald reagan in 1994 beating obama among white voters. by 14 points among white women. five points among independents. he won all the groups by more than george w. bush did in 2004. but he lost the election by a wider margin than john kerry. why? because the composition of the electorate changed. as the obama campaign predicted more than a year ago, the white portion dropped from 2008 to 72% in 2012. the president carried nearly eight in ten nonwhite voters including astounding 71% of latinos, 73% of the asian voters and 93% of black voters. remains a real question why the democratic nominee can hold the obama coalition together but the republican party is right to be reexamining the relationship with minorities. finally, lesson four, don't ignore the data. the polls matter and more are right than wrong. though public polling consistently showed the president ahead, the romney campaign sin veerly believed that romney would win. why? they assumed it would be wider and older than it was. the enthusiasm numbers favored them but they didn't have enough voters. many republicans b
years old. >>> and president obama meeting with congressional liters this afternoon at the white house to try to cut a deal to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. in ten days across h board-spends cuts take effect. >>> if president obama and congress fails to reach an agreement the price of milk could lead sharply. john blackstone reports. >> who wants milk? >> me. >> me. >> me. >> reporter: with four children the rasmussen family in california drinks about five gallons a week on milk. if congress doesn't pass the bill, i would cost him $106. >> they have to have their milk. we might have to cut elsewhere. >> reporter: back then the process was more laborious and farmers needed a higher subsidy to cover their costs. dan sumner says the new price of milk will with far above what it now costs dairy farmers to produce it. >> it really will be chaos. >> reporter: so we would go back to this old farm bill which would force the government to buy milk at an extremely high price. >> that's right. >> reporter: this could be a windfall for dairy farmers. >> here's the problem. they don't want chao
was modestly optimistic about a deal on taxes. speaking in the white house briefing room, president obama condemned congress for failing to resolve its differences in in normal way. he held firm to middle-class tax cuts to families making $250,000 per year. joining me now from the white house is nbc's kristen welker. kristen, let's take a look at what the president said about what he expects from the senate. >> i just had a good discussion from house leadership about how to prevent this on the middle class. i believe we can reach an agreement. if an agreement isn't reached in time between senator reid and sno senator mccollum, i will reach to him. i believe such a proposal could pass both houses with bipartisan majorities as long as the leaders allow it to actually come to a vote. if members of the house or the senate want to vote no, they can. but we should let everybody vote. >> kristen, this up or down vote seems to be the big news of the day. isn't this what the white house wanted all along? >> well, it is and it's president obama's way of saying, look, vote on his basic proposal, the
opener" at 8:00. >>> president obama meeting at the white house with the four top congressional leaders. >>> the tedline for the fiscal cliff is now just four days away. >>> the president has not laid out a specific plan to deal with this. congress could have done the same. i think the american people should be disgusted. >>> the commander of operation desert storm died from complications of pneumonia. >> the more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war. >>> the powerful storm moving cross the country is finally moving out. >> although it's not major system it's going to cause problems for tomorrow. >> less than a few days. the longshoremen and the shipping companies are at an impasse. >> this is in real-time. >> real-time. >> is that a ring tone? what ring tone was that? >> i have "dancing queen" is my general ring tone for most people and then my wife's is "super trooper." >>> i'm rebecca jarvis with jeff glor. charlie, gayle, and norah are off. >>> the fiscal cliff negotiations are down to the wire and this afternoon president obama meets with congressional leaders to try to co
. >> the american people have a right to be very upset with this congress. >> president obama has invited nancy pelosi, john boehner, mitch mcconnell, and harry reid to the white house this afternoon for a fiscal cliff summit. >> here we are five days from the new year, and we might finally start talking. >> today's white house meeting might be the last chance to come to an agreement. that's because it takes time for a bill to work its way through both chamber of commerce. >> i don't know time wise how it can happen now. >> under senate rules, the only way a bill could make its way through the procedural hurdles in time is if every senator agrees not to. they'll have 24 hours. outside the beltway, carlino will be watching. >> everyone is kind of in a wait-and-see and fingers-crossed per expect tichb right now. >> since 1930 this is only the fifth time congress has worked after christmas. and today's summit is the first time president obama has met face to face with congressional leaders since mid-november. duarte, tick tock. >> thank you. >>> general schwarzkopf is being remembered this morning
at any moment now. president obama is back at the white house. his call to congressional leaders seem to have fallen on deaf ears. reid, predicting the country will go over the fiscal cliff and blames it on house speaker john boehner. >> the american people i don't think understand the house of representatives is operating without the house of representatives. it's being operated with a dictatorship of the speaker. john boehner seems to care more about keeping his speakership than about keeping the nation on firm financial footing. >> boehner's office's response? we've done our part. it's the senate democrats fall. but will the speaker call his members back before time runs out? >> at the last moment is the way these things normally happen. i think that can happen again. it just depends on putting egos aside a little bit and putting the best interests of the american people first. >> plus, keeping our kids safe, is arming educators the symptom or adding to the problem. >>> and can anyone beat sko brown? >>> good day. we're live in washington this afternoon. the lines of communication
with actions to defend them with challenges with republicans in congress and at times, the obama white house. we know one reason the non-white vote was on the rise, it's not just birthrate. the reason is not because the black population is increasing, but because the black turnout rate is increasing. latino and asian voters rate was lower than their share, black voters make up 12% of the eligible electorate and 13% of the actual turn out in november. they use republicans to suppress the vote to energize black voters. want to find out what my guests know now that they didn't? >> the black voting. >> proof we don't coordinate before the show. >> about that, i'll add that it didn't begin with 2008. it began in 2000, the black turnout rate jumped up. it's been increasing since then. there's a real question about whether it's obama driven or whether black voters turn out more indefinitely. >> what we now know is the tea party is going to get blamed no matter what. this cycle, back in 2010, the republican party wanted to take credit. they didn't do any of it. it was us that had the momentum. washi
, thanks for all that. rick santelli in chicago. a last-minute effort by the white house. president obama set to meet with congressional leaders today, 3:00 eastern time, in an effort to avert going over the fiscal cliff. with only three days to go, our next guest says it's not falling over the cliff we should be worried about, it's how much the landing is going to hurt. brian mcginnis is the head of the campaign to fix the debt, president of the committee for responsible budget and joins us this morning from washington. maya, good morning. what do you mean by that? what are you trying to say when you talk about the landing hurting the most? >> well, the point is that the fiscal cliff is a deadline and it's an important deadline that's there to help us focus on getting a big debt deal. the sad state of play is that it appears they're not going to be successful in that. they're not going to be able to replace the cliff with a big, comprehensive debt deal that's big enough to help fix the fiscal challenges of the country. but what's even additionally troubling now is that we may actually go
with the obama white house. >> the president's statement is right. no one wants taxes to go up on the middle class. i don't want them to go up on anybody. i'm not in the majority of the united states senate. he is the president of the united states. >> when i listen to the president i think the president is eager to go over the cliff for political purposes. i think he sees a political victory at the bottom of the cliff. he gets all this additional tax revenue for new programs. he gets to cut the military which democrats have been calling for for years. and he gets to blame republicans for it. >> as a practical matter it's already too late for employers to accurately withhold taxes from january paychecks unless there is no change. so workers will feel immediately that 2% hike in the social security tax in those first january pay checks. bill? >> hampton, good to see you. merry christmas. we'll see you later. >> merry christmas to you. >> our next guest says he is unlikely to support any deal the president and speaker can come up with. republican senator joe walsh from illinois joins us right
. >> what's going on here? >> reporter: what indeed. president obama returned to the white house in a grim mood. he met with no congressional leaders and said nothing about his efforts to avert the fiscal cliff, talks continue between senior white house and congressional staff, but that's been true throughout this entire saga. with the deadline looming there were dire predictions. >> come the first of this year americans will have less income than they have today. >> reporter: and recriminations. >> now republicans have bent over backwards. we stepped way, way out of our comfort zone. we wanted an agreement. but we had no takers. >> reporter: the senate's top democrat said the problem has nothing to do with phone calls but house republican obstruction. >> the house of representatives is operating without the house of representatives. it's being operated with a dictatorship of the speaker not allowing the vast majority of the household representatives to get what they want. >> reporter: house speaker john boehner ordered republicans back to the capital for a rare sunday
senator reid and president obama. what is your take on the white house involvement? >> well, look, obviously the white house is pivotal here. i mean, the president litigated all of these issues during the campaign. he is the one who won by a fairly healthy margin nationally. of course, he is going to ultimately have the final say in what leeway he is prepared to give leaders in both the democratic side in the house and senate. of course, the president is going to have a big say in this and staff is up to their eye balls in the details and the fact that vice president biden has been brought in on this by senator mcconnell. it under scores what the president said on "meet the press." he has gone more than half way on taxes and spending cuts. and i think we're just seeing more illustrations of that with each passing hour. >> both sides are sparring over who is to blame. they are all blaming each other. president obama was a guest on "meet the press." let's listen. >> 75% of the congressmen come from gerrymandered districts in which they are bullet proof. they don't go home and have t
the scenes, but as for publicly right now, melis melissa, the white house is not talking. president obama is basically launching this public campaign to pressure republicans. president obama came out on friday and urged them to get behind his plans. again today he sat down with david gregory, of course, during that exclusive interview on "meet the press" and urged republicans to act saying that it appears all they are interested in is protecting taxes for wealthy americans. republicans, by the way, lashed out at those comments saying the president seems more interested in placing blame instead of actually leading, but that at this point in time seems to be president obama's strategy to some extent, publicly pressuring republicans to act and to move on these negotiations. so that is where this stands right now. the white house monitoring everything that's going on the hill quite closely, but i can tell you, melissa, that there is a sense of optimism that is waning here at the white house. you can sense that when you talk to the officials here. >> well, the eternal optimist. vice president
president obama before he left from his vacation that he was optimistic. logistically the white house will tell you it's possible. when you listen to what you're hearing some of these congressional leaders say, there's a lot of posturing laying blame to the other side if we do go over the cliff. take a listen. >> republicans are not about to write a blank check for anything senate democrats put forward because we find ourselves at the edge of the cliff. >> we are here in washington working while the members of the house of representatives are out watching movies, watching their kids play soccer, basketball, doing all kinds of things. they should be here. >> now, house speaker john boehner is saying the senate needs to just take up a house pass bill that has already passed the house that would extend rates for all americans to either take it up in whole rf to amend it. the senate would take up that bill, amend it. if we do go over the cliff there is this possibility and all sides are preparing for this that there would be a lot of pressure in the days following from the markets, from c
holding onto the 1400 level. president obama is back at the white house. all eyes are on senate lawmakers now. amam jabbers is in washington. >> reporter: president obama did cut his vacation short in hawaii. he has arrived back at the white house this morning. the president emerging from marine one. what he's going to work on here in washington is pretty much anybody's guess at this point. the senate came back into session this morning and senate majority leader harry reid took to the senate floor to explain that he thought a $250,000 and above extension of the tax -- bush tax cuts could, in fact, pass and he was extremely, extremely angry in ways that you really hear on the senate floor with the speaker of the house. take a listen. >> it's beings operated with a dictatorship of the speaker not allowing the vast majority of the house of representatives to get what they want. if the 250 would be brought up, it would pass. >> so harry reid there calling house speaker john boehner a dictator for not bringing a bill to the floor that would extend the bush tax cuts for all those who make less
of congress will meet with president obama at the white house. it could be the last shot to avoid going over the so-called fiscal cliff. but is the meeting just for show or could we really truly be close to a deal? doug is live in washington with more details, what are we in for? >> to be a fly on the wall in this meeting. these are the players that will be there today. the president with congressional leaders from both parties to see if they can get something done. it may be substantive, it may be window dressing. >> any time you announce a meeting publicly in washington, it's usually for political theater purposes. nothing good ever comes from it. there is one thing you have to do in politics. if the president meets with a foreign leader, you want to make sure you know what's going to happen at the meeting. when the president calls congressional leaders to the white house, it's all political theater or they've got a deal. my bet is all political theater. >> kelly: well, we will see. >> congress thee receipticcally could get something done. we saw the congress work yesterday. the house is g
between the white house, the senate, the congress moves to pennsylvania avenue. president obama meeting behind closed doors with house speaker boehner, senate majority leader harry reid and senate minority leader mitch mcconnell talking about doing something to keep more than trillion dollars in tax increases and cuts from taking effect next week. also joining that party today, america's happy warrior. vice president joe biden will be there. while some appear ready to compromise others are still ducking, dodging, trying to dump the blame elsewhere. >> we all have our ideas and in the senate, you're right. we probably another 40, 50, 60 of saying that we're ready to both raise revenues and control entitlements. when's the missing ingredient? it is presidential leadership. >> i think in the end we'll get a deal. the question is the timing. >> am hopeful there will be a deal that avoids the worst parts of the fiscal cliff, namely taxes going up on middle class people. >> it's pretty apparent that we are not going to do what we've been called to do. this is 112th congress. we have had two y
price to pay for it. >> keep it here today. at the white house president obama will meet with with democratic and republican leaders of congress. that's at 3:00 p.m. eastern time. it's their first face-to face fiscal discussions since before thanksgiving. hopes are not high for a deal, but either way, you'll hear the news first here on cnn. >>> there's no doubt about it. eva longoria is one of hollywood's leading ladies, a big star with a big heart for charitable giving, focusing on one very close to her heart. >> i'm being pulled in a million different directions with supporting aids in africa or sex trafficking in thailand or dolphins in japan. and you can't do everything. so in thinking what do i really want to do? >> reporter: to answer that question, you could say eva longoria looked in the mirror. >> i knew i wanted it to be with women and in the latina community. >> reporter: known for playing the vixen on "desperate housewives" longoria had humble beginnings born to mexican-american parents. >> i wasn't the first to go to college. >> it wasn't a walk in the park.
, the angst, anxiety, where did he end up? where we started. president barack obama in the white house and a house of representatives. we can't hold it in any longer. our very last show of the year is something of an experiment. our first ever annual look back in laughter. we begin the year with the op liptic decline on the mayan calendar. why else would the republicans risk leaving the country? to be run by any of this cast of characters. they thought they would be blown to oblivion. the cookiest of this crew bowed out before 2012 got going. we feared the year might leave us without the gems of 2011, like this one from our favorite pizza man. >> you agreed with president obama on libya or not? >> okay. libya. um, um, nope, that's a different one. i gotta go back and see. all this stuff twirling around in my head. >> or maybe this one from texas governor rick perry who bailed on his presidential hopes by mid january. >> i will tell you, it's three agencies of government when i get there that are gone. commerce, education and the, what's the third one there? let's see. >> yeah. it's one
been he was the front runner to be president obama's choice as secretary of defense. no announcement. the silence is deafening from the white house. but the opposition already mounting. a lot of criticism coming from both republicans and democrats about some of hagel's positions while he served in the senate. i have to tell you over the last several years he's been known as somewhat of an independent maverick. concerns about his position on iran, was he strong enough about iran being a terrorist state, about voting for sanctions against iran. but a lot of it folksing on his his position with israel. a remark he made back in 2007 about the "jewish lobby in washington." a lot of pro-israeli groups voting their concerns. i want to play you just now a bit of a commercial already running on television opposing hag hagel, even though he's not nominated. >> president obama says all options are on the table. hagel says military action is not a feasible option. president obama for secretary of defense chuck hagel is not a responsible option. >> but if the white house was thinking of nominatin
at the white house where president obama is about to meet with key members of congress, and, rich, there's talk of a scaled down deal put forth by the president. what have you heard? >> it that is the discussion. you have harry reid, mitch mcconnell arriving at the white house, should have house leadership shortly to begin a meeting, a last ditch effort to try to help the economy avoid the fiscal cliff, or at least pieces of it, and, yes, the buzz around washington is a possible path forward that aids describe as preventing tax increase for income amounts of $400,000 or $500,000 or so, extend unemployment insurance, but, still, nothing has been agreed to. all in washington are waiting to see how this meeting goes. it's just about to start here in dc. meanwhile, on capital hill, the fighting continues, and in some corners, a sense of pessimism. >> if we don't have a deal within the next 24 hours, the question is where do you buy a parachute? we'll be going over the cliff because the closer we get to the end, the less likely it is you can compress an agreement into place that will have enough vot
's the problem. president obama meeting with the leaders at the white house. misreporting going on that the president had a new deal, looked like progress was made. no. the president had the same deal that republicans walked away from about a week ago, if you call it a deal, the deal is that he won't tax people higher above the 400,000 mark. shibani: the meeting still going on, rich edson live at the white house with the latest details. what do we know now, rich? >> what we got from an administration official, that president obama offered what he detailed in the speech a week ago keeping tax rates where they are for families earning less than $250,000 a year, extending long term unemployment insurance policy, and that bit of detail he gave a week ago in a speech is basically derived from the larger deficit proposal offered over, really, the last couple years as president of the united states. we're waiting whether or not in the meeting, lasting an hour at the white house, started at 3:10, is whether or not they made progress towards changing that proposal in a fashion to pass th
. >>> the highly anticipated white house meeting between president obama and congressional leaders ended just a short time ago and it lasted just about an hour or so. now, we've yet to hear anything from any of the participants, and nbc's mike viqueira is live on capitol hill. mike -- >> karen, yeah, forgive me i'm looking at my black bery -- >> i've got mine. we're standing by waiting for some news of something, right? >> exactly. i have got a couple e-mails out looking for readouts of w457d ov what happened over there. >> having been on both sides of this as a staffer, sometimes the fact that nobody came out and said anything -- >> you took the words right out of my mouth, and i was going to say you have experience in these things. the fact they haven't all rushed to the microphones and delivered withering scorn on each other. they've only been out for about 15 minutes, maybe we need to give a little more time. maybe that's a positive thing. what we do know, karen, heading into this is that the president was sticking by his original proposal more or less. he had gone back down from the $400
soledad is off today. president obama will hold a critical meeting at the white house. and blame game is down right nasty. >>> tributes from the pentagon, white house, and gulf war buddies after the passing of stormin general norman schwarzkopf. and teachers learning how to shoot in case a gunman walks into their classroom. the man offering lessons were free. "starting point" begins right now. friday, december 28th. and our starting point, the pace in's economy and your take home pay on the chopping block. four days remain before the u.s. goes over the edge. that means tax hikes and spending cuts that could trigger another recession. congressional leaders will meet today at 3:00 p.m. eastern time. the full house not even expected to return to work until sunday. here is the guest list for today's showdown. the president, vice president biden, senate majority leader harry reid and house minority leader nancy pelosi on the democratic side. house speaker john boehner, mitch mcconnell representing the republicans. brianna keilar live from washington. what do we expect to happen today?
was at the white house when president obama had a series of businesses with small business and big business owners and all of them had the same message. we want consumer confidence to remain strong and we want certainty for our businesses and even a ceo like lloyd blankfein of goldman sachs was out there and said he doesn't want taxes to go up on anybody, but compromise is the order of the day and from congress for business leaders. >> david jackson, you mentioned the white house has the political upper hand here. do you think if a new deal is reached that they maintain the political upper hand going into january and going into february as the debt limit negotiations start? >> that's a very good question and that's something of concern for the white house. like i say, the real fear at the white house is that the economy will go back into recession and the white house will end up being blamed for this regardless of who may or may not be at fault right now. >> david nakamura and we alluded to this earlier that a lot of folks don't realize that this is a crisis that was created by congress. >> absolu
to the wire as president obama and congressional leaders meet at the white house
decisions on taxes and spending to the future. again, in an afternoon white house meeting president obama pitch a debt plan he had outlined a week ago, prevent a tax increase for income of less than to an effective thousand dollars per year and extend long-term unemployment benefits. senate leaders are using that framework to try to craft a proposal to pass both houses of congress. aides say it would likely increase the threshold for tax increases, reversing massive pay cut from medicare doctors, and elections of millions of americans to avoid paying the alternative minimum tax. an increase in the debt ceiling is not part ofhe discussion. that is significant development r house republicans who won any increase in the borrowing limit it accompanied by an equal amount in spending cuts taking the debt ceiling of the table making it much easier for the scaled-down version to be negotiated. from here senate leaders will try to secure an agreement by sunday morning. if so, democrats and republicans will try to sell its house and senate members. if they can do that the voting begins. there is so
of the united states and the senate were in washington. president obama arrived back at the white house this morning. the president will host a meeting tomorrow afternoon with senate majority leader reid, senate minority leader mcconnell, speaker boehner, and leader pelosi at the white house. senate majority leader harry reid took to the senate floor this morning to, shall we say, let boehner have it. >> if we go over the cliff, and it looks like that's where we're headed, mr. president, the house of representatives as we speak, with four days left after today before the first of the year aren't here with the speaker having told them they'll have -- they'll give them 48 hours' notice. the american people i don't think understand the house of representatives is operating without the house of representatives. it's being operated with a dictatorship of the speaker, not allowing the vast majority of the house of representatives to get what they want. >> lo and behold, the markets started to tank, in part on fears of reid's warning that it looked like we were going over the cliff. within an
. a smart way to help manage hunger and diabetes. >>> as we speak, congressional leaders and president obama are meeting at the white house as they work on last-minute negotiations to try to avoid the fiscal cliff. our eamon javers also reported just moments ago that treasury secretary timothy geithner is at the meeting as well. we're going to monitor that situation for you, and, of course, bring you all the latest developments on that. in the meantime, oil is up for the week, but ending on a down note today. cnbc's bertha coombs is at the center of all the action at the nymex. >> reporter: we're seeing oil back fractionally positive at this hour with thoseeadl crossing, but overall it was a somewhat down day after we got a disappointing report from the eia inventories delayed because of the christmas holiday. it was a smaller than expected drawdown in crude stocks, and also notable. we saw a $2 million barrel build when it came to crude stocks at the nymex hub in oklahoma. now at a record 49 million barrels to end the year. ironically we do have wti nymex up for the week, and it's actually
to joke that president obama got to the white house faster than i did because it was really a hobby that just kind of took on a life of its own, and i have children. so i wanted them to see me pursuing a goal and not getting discouraged. in 2008 it worked out. >> i always say that no is the first answer on the way to yes. >> right. exactly. >> so this experience, which we'll talk a little bit more about in 2008, inspired you to write the book. i want to look at the images first. i think as the public, the image we're used to seeing is that white house christmas tree arriving at the white house, right? >> exactly. >> this is this year's christmas tree. a lot of -- when that tree arrives, though, that's really when the work begins. tell us about it. what goes into decorating the white house for the holidays? is it >> it's an enormous undertaking, and i like to say the first lady is the commander in chief of christmas. it's her vision. we execute it. but it's done with almost military precision. they start thinking about these themes in february and march of the year before, and then a
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are your morning headlines. president obama will meet with top congressional leaders at the white house this afternoon. 3:00 p.m. eastern in hopes of making progress on the fiscal cliff talks. in addition the house will be back in session on sunday. we've got more on all of this in a moment. while lawmakers have been preoccupied with the fiscal cliff, they've not dealt with passing a new farm bill. "the washington post" now reporting that unless one is passed by january 1st, the formula for establishing minimum milk prices would revert to the one that was in place back in 1949. the paper says that could boost milk prices more than $3 a gallon. we're going to get another read on the housing market recovery this morning. the national association of realtors is out with its pending home sales report for november. that's coming at 10:00 a.m. eastern time. looking for an increase of 1.5%. that follows a 5.2% rise in october. pending home sales, of course, a measure of home sales on home sale contracts signed but not yet out. >> a big deal. the milk. >> the milk thing could be huge. you think
something and move the ball than doing nothing. and, yes, president obama won the white house, but the american people also elected a majority of republicans back to the house. so what we have is a divided government where one of our chambers is in republican hands, the white house and the senate is in democrat hands. that means that the message the people were sending is that they want compromise. if president obama wants to build a legacy, get things done, complicated things like immigration, not just fiscal cliff, but all things on his to-do list, it requires compromise. and if the republicans don't want to be scenes as obstructioni obstructionists, they also immediate to compromise. we have to come to the realize that the election ises past. let's put politics aside and let's he get things done. >> ana navarro, maria dough in a, thanks so much. >>> david gregory under investigation. did he violate d.c.'s gun laws on the air? jeffrey toobin joins me straight ahead. >>> an unusual police investigation here in the nation's capital. it started with this interview with a top nr
-stakes meeting at the white house. at the table, president obama and congressional leaders. the goal is to reach an agreement. but the roots of this current crisis can be traced back to the previous administration. cnn's chief business correspondent has a look at how we got here. >> now we have passed a bold package of tax relief for america's families and businesses. >> reporter: it starts more than a decade ago when president bush initiated a series of tax cuts for all americans. but it's a deal with the devil. the cuts which are politically expedient expire in ten years time. >> both houses of congress have passed a package of tax relief that will protect the middle class. >> reporter: when it came time for the cuts to expire, the u.s. is emerging from the worst e recession from the great depression. so president obama agreed to extend the tax cuts for two more years in exchange for congress extending federal emergency unemployment benefits. those cuts are expensive. if they are extending by 2020, the bush era tax cuts will be responsible for more than half the total national debt. democrats
. and with your stories and your struggles, i return to the white house more determined and more inspired than ever about the work there is to do and the future that lies ahead. >> that's president obama delivering his victory speech on election night. in the end the race wasn't even close. maybe mitt romney didn't even have a chance. his fellow gop contenders feasted on one of their own during the primaries. is it the american way that if somebody gives you a smack on the nose, you eventually have to smack them back? isn't it time now for you to accept that this negativity has pounded you into a position where much as you would like to keep it positive, isn't it time you got the old gingrich fist out and give romney a good ol' smack? >> harry truman in his great reelection campaign that gallup quit taking polls in mid september went after duey and the crowd would yell out "give 'em hell, harry" and he would yell back, "no, i just give them the truth and it hurts like hell." i think governor romney has done so many things that are indefensible in a republican primary -- it would be okay in a d
on gerriwillis.com, we asked you if the white house fiscal cliff meeting between obama and congressional leaders, if it was a political stunt or real negotiation. here is how you voted 96% said a political stunt.
leader mitch mcconnell following their white house meeting with president obama. here it is. >> everyone knows we've been to the white house. we've had a constructive meeting. we certainly hope that something will positive will come from that. >> i share the view of the majority leader. we had a good meeting at the white house. we are engaged in discussions, the majority leader and myself and the white house in the hopes that we can come forward as early as sunday and have a recommendation that i can make to my conference and the majority leader can make to his conference. >> arthel: so is a fiscal deal more likely now than it was before congress left for christmas break? let's have a meeting of the minds. outreach director for freedom works, author of "backlash" and fox news contributor. and michael, former senior communications advisor to john kerry's presidential campaign and ceo of vent squared communications. long intros for both of you hard work people. i'm going with you first on this, danene. president obama says he's modestly optimistic. i ask you if there is going to be a deal
. >> reporter: the white house said after the newtown shooting that president obama supports a ban on assault weapons proposed by california democratic senator dianne feinstein. getting it through congress quickly is highly unlikely, but the mere mention of a ban is enough to send sales soaring and, it's not just guns. brownells said it recently sold more than three and a half years worth of ar-15 magazines in three days. even before newtown, sales of guns and ammunition this year were surging. fbi background checks of potential gun buyers were up 31% in november 2012 over 2011. in a report issued prior to newtown, the market research firm ida's world that tracks the gun industry, found gun enthesists are working themselves into a frenzy over what another four years under the obama administration may hold for gun laws. chuck is an instructor at nova firearms in falls church, virginia, where they nearly sold out of ar-15's and high capacity magazines after newtown. >> so ironically this shooting is inspiring more people to buy this gun, the ar-15 and the high round magazines? >> if i could, i
conference. >> at yesterday's white house meeting, president obama did not offer negotiators anything new. he just tried to sell them on the same plan he outlined last friday, being called plan c. since the president's plan a and speaker boehner's plan b both failed to gain traction. plan c would extend middle class tax rates and we're told the senate wants to tweak exactly who counts as being in the middle class. maybe even raising the income threshold and the white house is apparently willing to go as high as 4 or $500,000 a year. plan c would expand unemployment benefits for the 2 million people set to lose them at the end of this year. it would include a small amount of spending cuts but would not touch entitlements like medicare and not deal with the debt limit right now. >> i am modestly optimistic that an agreement can be achieved. nobody is going to get 100% of what they want. but let's make sure that middle class families and the american economy and in fact the world economy are aren't adversely affected because people can't do their jobs. >> and today lawmakers are in staff level m
obama is in the christmas spirit. the white house just released this picture of the first lady answering calls from children who called norad santa tracker control center to ask about old saint nick's big trip around the globe. mrs. obama watched the progress along with children nationwide last night. with the obama family home for the holidays in hawaii we couldn't help but wish everybody a hawaiian merry christmas h morning. ♪ here we know christmas is green and bright ♪ ♪ sunshines by day and all the stars at night ♪ >> you know what's next, don't you? i this movie. >>> brianna is in hawaii right now traveling with the obama family. so merry christmas, brianna. what are the obamas doing today, i wonder. >> to you as well, carol. there's nothing on the president's public schedule so we don't know exactly what they're doing but presumably they're doing what most -- many americans will be doing on this christmas. still very early, of course, here on a oahu. it's about 4:00 a.m. local time. they will be presumably, waking up in the home that they're renting about 45 minutes from w
. that would use it f-- >> let me say something about the white house. mian understanding of obama's movement on civil liberties, he was much more aggressive we needed more fisa oversight, as a senator than as a president. >> oh, absolutely. >> where is the house on this did bait? >> it's a total 180. barack obama initially pledged to filibuster the fisa amendments act and then ultimately, reluctantly he said, decided to break another senator's filibuster, but said because his own supporters were upset about this, a group called get fisa right became the largest supporter group on mybarackobama.com, forced to release a video, and say i recognize it's a small bill, instead of not letting them have a tool they need, it's flawed, i'll do a review later and see what kind of additional civil liberty selections might be need needed. but yet he's fought every possible proposal, often in incoherent terms that -- for example, senator americaly wanted to require the fisa court -- or at least the justice department to release redacted opinions of important interpretations so we don't have secret law. am
are nervous. ashley: thank you. president obama just arriving at the white house after cutting short his hawaiian vacation. the senate trickles back into washington for a last attempt at the fiscal cliff compromise. shibani: team coverage, peter barnes standing by at reagan national airport where lawmakers are revising falling snow delays and we start with rich edson on capitol hill where the senate is finally in session but are going to get any work done? >> we will get work done but on a few unrelated issues, nothing to do with the fiscal cliff, they're talking about a couple other bills. president obama back in washington d.c. spoke to all the congressional leaders, top democrats and republicans in the house and senate, no update, or signs of real progress, senior administration official says this one is up to congress to figure out. house republicans say we need the senate to act, senators say we need republicans to act. terry reed hit the floor a short while ago and said it looks like we are headed over the fiscal plan and called on the house to set -- pass the senate plan. >> i see
to pull back the curtain on life at the white house. the 83-year-old journalist sat down to interview president obama and the first lady, assuming we've all heard plenty about the fiscal cliff, walters wasted little time pivoting to more intimate territory. >> when you look at this picture, what do you think? at what point was it taken? >> i think we were campaigning in iowa. >> so, why were you hugging so hard in iowa? >> because i love my wife. >> well, and also, i hadn't seen him in a while. i mean, you know, when you're campaigning, we're two ships passing in the night, and the first time i saw him was when i walked on stage to greet him, and that's my honey giving me a hug. >> giving you hugs. >> how do you keep the fire going? >> that's a good question. >> you know, we've been married now 20 years. >> mm-hmm. >> and like every marriage, i think you have your ups and you have your downs, but if you work through the tough times, the respect and love that you feel deepens. >> and then there's a lot of laughter, you know? >> and you're funnier. >> yeah, yeah. >> everybody thinks she
, congressional leaders heading to the white house this afternoon for key talks with president obama. nbc's capitol hill correspondent kelly o'donnell has more. kelly, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, willie. the top two democrats and republicans from the house and senate will sit down with the president middle of the afternoon. but we should tell you that behind the scenes the most senior staffers who have been given the task of negotiating have continued their conversations looking for ways to try to bring a deal together. while the elected officials know they need to be more visible. >> mr. speaker, we ought to be here working, addressing these challenges. >> reporter: under pressure to show up, even if there is no deal to consider, congress will work this holiday weekend. the deadline is so close, outgoing members have already packed up their offices and need to move out while the harsh tone is going nowhere. >> the american people, i don't think understand the house of representatives is operating without the house of representatives. it's being operated with a dictatorship o
the airport with the latest delays. >> clayton: itinerary change for president obama. he's cutting his hawaii vacation north. later he'll head back to the white house to work on a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. peter doocy live in washington with more on the last-minute deal making. hey, peter. >> hey. president obama is still going to be able to squeeze in one more day of vacation in hawaii before he leaves his wife and daughters hyped and boards air force one for dc at about 10:00 p.m. in honolulu, 3:00 a.m. eastern time. that should get him back to the white house sometime tomorrow, thursday morning, on the back end of a break he says he hopes will get lawmakers on the same page. >> everybody can co- opt, drink egg nog, have christmas cookies, sing some christmas carols, enjoy the company of loved ones and then i'd ask every member of congress, while they're back home, to think about that. think about the obligations we have to the people who sent us here. >> speaker of the house, john boehner, is expected to come back to washington at any time as well. before he went back to ohio and pre
of the arts from president george w. bush and earlier this year impromptu white house performance with president barack obama. what was that moment like for you? here you are as you said a sharecropper's son you're now at the white house. singing with the president. >> a dream come true. something you couldn't dream of. >> buddy guy. >> reporter: this month, guy returned to washington -- >> buddy, buddy, buddy. >> reporter: a kennedy center honoree. >> your blues brought us together. i think that's something to sing about. >> that's a long ways from picking cotton yes, yeah. that's a very blessing. somebody is looking down on me from somewhere, yep. >> great stuff. >> really cool. >> makes you want to go to jarvis's old stomping ground chicago. >> buddy guy legends, yeah a lot of dancing in that bar, a fun one. >> eric clapton said 25 years ago, said buddy guy is the best guitarist alive. >> i think he was on point with that. >> good, good stuff. >> and he's 76 and still doing it. >> doing great. >> incredible. >>> all right, you can watch the tribute to buddy gu
would go over the cliff. will are no assurances of that. a white house official told me as president obama prepares to fly back to conduct and participate in the negotiations at the end, there has been no progress over the holiday weekend. michelle, i'm afraid that people who are looking for a deal and looking for a deal by december 31, all hope is not lost. it is not looking good at the moment. >> let's go back to this hitting the debt ceiling on monday. we learned of this because treasury secretary tim good night mother sent a letter to the honorable harry reid majority leader. and that's where he outline it is fact that in three business days, the summit government is going to run out of borrowing capacity. john, if there were a treasurer in a business who went to their boss and said by the way, three business days, the working capital account dies and as a result, you are not going to make payroll next week, that person would be fired. we get three days notice about hitting the debt ceiling? that seems absurd to me. >> it is not a surprise.rise we have known we were coming to thi
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